BIO

Israeli born-New York based pianist, composer and educator Guy Mintus is a “brilliant musician, who melds a multicultural vision with the passion and fury of the jazz greats” (Tom Henry, Toledo Blade). While being deeply rooted in the Jazz and classical traditions, Guy is as avid scholar of mediterranean cultures often traveling to perform and study with masters of the various musical traditions. With this combined knowledge he creates a true and organic synthesis between the musical cultures in compositions and performances and  that “keep the entire hall listening with held breath” (Barka Fabianova, Full Moon Zine Magazine).

His passionate melodious compositions combine influences from Stride Piano to Ottoman Makams, Indian rhythms to Bach-styled counterpoint, Spanish Flamenco to Jewish melodies all weaved together in his own signature style. “Guy is mad scientist” stated Grammy winning pianist and composer Arturo O’Farrill, “none does it like him”.

At 26, Guy’s debut trio record “A Home In Between” was chosen as DownBeat Magazine’s Editor’s Pick, June 2017. His awards include 2nd prize+the audience’s choice at the Montreux Jazz Festival’s solo piano competition, two of ASCAP’s “Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award” as well as full scholarships to the Manhattan School of Music and to Berklee College of Music. Guy has been commissioned to compose for the American Composers Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Jerusalem Andalusian Orchestra, the Imani Chamber Winds Festival, Xelana Duo, Allumer Horn Quartet and the Schwarz Foundation. His previous recordings include a debut album for the “Offlines Project,” a duo Guy co-leads with Israeli-Turkish percussionist/oudist Yinon Muallem as well as the live solo album “The Mediterranean Piano.”

Guy have had the privilege of sharing the stage with Grammy winning artists such as Jon Hendricks, Jimmy Cobb, Trilok Gurtu, Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra; master musicians from Turkey, Iran, Azerbaijan, Morocco, Spain, India, Cuba and Mali as well as participate in multi-disciplinary work with iconic figures such as Dr. Cornel West, Flamenco dancer Pastora Galvan or the Tziporela Theater Ensemle to name a few. Venues performed include Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center on International Jazz Day, Kassel Opera House, the Apollo Theater, the ancient Amphi Theater of Pythagoreo, Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall and more.

Guy is also extremely passionate about education and about harnessing the power of music as a healing factor in society. He has taught masterclasses in many schools and universities around the world including the Royal Conservatory of Madrid, University of Cincinnati, University of Toledo, Bern’s Rudolf Steiner School, Thelma Yellin High School of arts and more. Additionally, Guy brought his music voluntarily to refugee camps around Europe and most recently to various bilingual primary schools in Israel that support the idea of co-existense for his recent video project; “Can You Tell the Difference?”.

 

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